World Support for Scouting - You can help!
The Boy Scouts of America and its International Department have created several avenues of financial support for the world Scouting movement. Perhaps the easiest way to help is the World Friendship Fund
The World Friendship Fund of the BSA offers a practical Good Turn opportunity for BSA youth members and leaders. Cash contributions are used to assist Scouting through the World Organization of the Scout Movement and through national Scout associations in developing countries. Tax-deductible contributions can be from individuals, units, camps, and training course groups. Unit participation in the World Friendship Fund offers a unique annual service project to benefit brother Scouts around the world.
Need ideas on ways to help?
- Take up a collection at a Cub Pack meeting with an International Theme.
- Put a donation can on the ticket table at your chili feed or pancake breakfast and ask guests to drop in spare change.
- Donate the contributions from a district camporee "Scouts Own" Sunday service.
The ideas are endless.
Other ways you can assist are through these special funds, all listed on the BSA's International Scouting World Support webpage:
- National Boy Scouts of America Foundation
- Baden-Powell World Fellowship
- Order of the Condor
INTERNATIONAL PEACE LIGHT
“We receive this Light as a message of Peace to everyone—May all those who accept this Light pass on that Peace”
The Light has been brought from Bethlehem. For over a thousand years lamps have been continuously lit from the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Israel.
It has been transported all over the world by volunteers who carry the flame.
Each year, a child from Upper Austria fetches the light from the grotto in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The light is carried in two blast proof miner’s lamps on an Austrian Airlines jet from Tel Aviv Israel to Vienna Austria. From there it is distributed at a Service of Dedication to Scouts and Guides from across Europe who collect the Light, with its message of Peace and take it back to their own countries and communities passing on the Light on to others along the way. Austrian Airlines then flies the miner’s lamps containing the Peace Light from Bethlehem to New York City.
The goal is help the light spread like the branches of a huge tree rooted in New York and spreading across the continent.
Bring an oil burning lamp or enclosed candle to transport the flame. The flame maybe used in a pilot light in a furnace, stove or water heater, to permanently keep the flame burning. The flame is may be kept burning throughout the Christmas season and extinguished at the end of the season or on the Day of Epiphany, January 6th.
More information is available on-line at:www.Peacelight.org
Please let us know who has received this light and post a message on the Facebook group: Peace Light-North America
May the kindly spirit of Christmas spread its radiance far and wide,
So all the world may feel the glow, of this Holy Christmastide.
May this light of peace today that has travelled many miles,
Bring joy and hope to many, and fill each face with smiles.
So may every heart and home continue through the year,
Feel the warmth and wonder of this season of good cheer.
And may it bring us closer to God and to each other,
With every stranger known as friend, whether Sister or a Brother
Hosted by Lawrence Boy Scout Troop 55
Heart of America Council